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by solarchem
Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19560

There was a translation ready and waiting because the concept *already existed* and pretty much always has for any purposes worth discussing. Christianity, and judaism before it, invented neither the word "marriage" nor the concept. So any other religion's term for marriage? Pretty much g...
by solarchem
Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148265

Um, since when are there no fish in Africa? I may be mistaken, but just because one does not have access to salmon hardly means that humans turned their noses up at every other animal swimming in the river. Africa does possess water doesn't it? Your argument Peevish first lacks sources, and second i...
by solarchem
Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel question.
Replies: 17
Views: 2126

An hour connection time is going to be cutting things a bit close, but it all depends on the time of day and how busy the airport is. If you're coming from the US into Montreal you'll have to clear immigration before catching a domestic flight to PEI. Typically this means going through passport cont...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Canadian Health Care
Replies: 146
Views: 14573

Didn't say the two were the same. If I'm not mistaken, Zerosum said he had never heard of someone being denied a claim , which I was rebutting. And actually, it's not that hard to find reports of hospitals denying care to people who didn't have insurance. I don't have personal accounts on that one, ...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Canadian Health Care
Replies: 146
Views: 14573

I've actually never heard of a case where someone was improperly denied a claim. And I'm guessing the US media would love to jump on that. I mean, I hear about HMOs not wanting to authorize tests for this and that but I've heard of many more cases of doctors misinterpretting or missing results than...
by solarchem
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3530430

She was 5 too when this conversation occurred. Just wondering. Sometimes the girl stuff scares the crap out of me. "Is that normal?!?!" Funny thing is I don't the 8 year old has figured it out yet. Either she's too busy with her books to bother or she's way more discrete than her sister.
by solarchem
Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3530430

At what age did you figure this out CatP? My youngest had her hands down her pants while we were watching TV. Me: Ella, get your hands out of your pants! Ella: But it feels good! Me: Yeah, I imagine it does. But could you do that upstairs instead of on the couch with your father? Thanks. She just tu...
by solarchem
Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 28961

Bondolon: fair enough. I was talking about belief in absolute right and wrong, which I think it's fair to say many atheists (and indeed many people who believe in God) do not possess. peri_renna: do you have a reason for claiming that morality is absolute, or is it just a belief that you hold (beca...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

Therefore, with the exception of men's football (and maybe men's basketball) sports do not make a university money. True. But how many schools are offering scholarships for fencing? And those losses are likely covered by the profits from the sports that do make money. So is your plan to cut all spo...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

Yeah, I highly doubt that the Wildcats' average win spread has any effect on anyone's serious deliberations about which school to choose. I think you're projecting a bit too much of your animosity towards sports on everyone else Creemy. I know a lot of people who pursued admission to Big 10 schools...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

I think the problem with this whole discussion is the assumption that somehow the money is not going to more 'deserving' students. The truth, as Belial pointed out in saying there are separate scholarships for academics and need, is that there is a third category: athletics. If the sports were not m...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

Well, apparently your skills must really stand out.
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

Start giving scholarships to every guard, restaurant worker, janitor and other faculty members, and then tell me why football players should get scholarships for services to the school. At my school (UMass) not only can employees take classes, but their children can attend for free too. That aside,...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

Just that that doesn't change the fact that they're undeserving. They happen to have a useless skill that for some inexplicable reason holds some ridiculous sway over society. I would argue that they are deserving. They are providing a service to the school. You can major in Women's Studies around ...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19640

What's wrong with cash cows? If giving scholarships to athletes creates more income for a university which can then be used to upgrade the facilities what's the harm? If anything, people complaining about the football scholarships are the ones who should shut up. Short of women's basketball at Tenne...
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: EPIC "That's what she said!"
Replies: 41
Views: 4790

Yeah. If I'm going to give proper credit though I have to admit she did me one better with: "Hmmm. What are you giving her that I don't get?"
by solarchem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: EPIC "That's what she said!"
Replies: 41
Views: 4790

On Saturday when I walked into the kitchen with all the pork I had just smoked and my wife said:
"Wow. That is some impressive meat."
by solarchem
Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: HOLD THE PHONE
Replies: 88
Views: 13616

"name me one thing in the history of mankind that was made worse through the addition of bacon" Clothes-washing. Pig-feed. I don't know. Have you tried washing clothes with bacon? Maybe the crispy bits would act like tiny little scrubbers. And pigs will eat anything. You could argue that ...
by solarchem
Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: HOLD THE PHONE
Replies: 88
Views: 13616

My chocolate covered bacon arrived yesterday and I'm happy to report that it is fucking delicious. A little smoke, some saltiness, and sweet bacon. My only beef is that I think it would have worked better with a darker chocolate. But then again, that may just be my preference for dark chocolate comi...
by solarchem
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27235

Oh. You seemed to be arguing earlier though that it is sexist to treat men and women differently.

So do you stop to help everyone? Or do you take into account gender, traveling companions, location, time of day/night?
by solarchem
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27235

You hear that, ladies? Fight sexism. Rob people on the roadside. Well, the way you change that is somehow all women carry lengths of pipe for leverage in their trunks and learn some martial arts. Until that point I would rather carry the label of sexist than be the dickhead who left a woman strande...
by solarchem
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27235

Personally, I wouldn't stop. Mostly because changing a tire is an incredibly simple task, slightly above pumping gas, that everyone who drives should know how to do. So there's no reason for me to get in someone's way while they're trying to change a tire. It may be simple in principle, but I know ...
by solarchem
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 756*
Replies: 46
Views: 7314

When he steps to the plate this season, there's no roids in his body. You don't know that. There still is no test for HGH and I'm sure Barry can afford the good shit if he wants it. There's no question he juiced. Look at his body size, his sudden jump in HR output, his admission to using "flax...
by solarchem
Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What can xkcd do for YOU?
Replies: 217
Views: 16978

I have 'handy-man' type skills: some carpentry, running copper pipe, putting in tile floors, basic auto repair like brake jobs, etc. I can cook you a meal, even come to your home to feed a small party. I've been in 50 - 75% of the auto plants around the world, so I can tell you who makes the best ca...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27235

I was at Johnny D's the other day and saw this jack ass I know wearing some "end rape" t-shirt. He just does it to look all soically aware and thus Cambridge cool, and to try to land chicks. I hate that. And those "Real men don't hit" or "Another man against violence agains...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

Not to pretend to have mod powers or infringe on their turf, but yeah. That needs to be edited.
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27235

There's an aspect of consideration or respect too that doesn't have to imply that the woman is incapable. Here's a couple things I do: When out at a restaurant or something I stand when a woman comes or goes. When walking down the street or a sidewalk I position myself between the cars and the woman...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

You, me, and sixteen feet of american iron cruising up to NoHo for meat. Whatda you say? If you can get ANY woman to respond to that I'll be very impressed. And no, these will not be photos of man-lovin'. This is Northampton remember? We're more of a girl-on-girl town. So you'll have to settle for ...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

OK. That's enough of that. There'll be no man-lovin' around these parts. Unless of course that's your thing. Then, um, carry on.

Just wait until I post pictures...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Finland or Sweden?
Replies: 61
Views: 5680

I'll say Sweden, but only because it's the only one of the two I've been to. Stockholm is pretty, and the snowmobiling in Gallivare was epic:
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by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

You clearly missed my last post. Quoting that is no longer allowed. And I can't actually come because I'm 17 and my parents don't let me drive hundreds of miles to eat food from complete strangers. The hundreds of miles part being an assumption. Where the hell is Northampton? The western backwaters...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

Yeah, up until the point when your ass is on fire... I'll bring my flaming ass to ignite it with. Assuming you put out my ass and then feed me. No offense, but I find that's it's best to steer clear of flaming asses. One of those little life rules that has served me well so far. If you can douse yo...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: HOLD THE PHONE
Replies: 88
Views: 13616

lani wrote:You'll tell us how it is, yes?


Of course. I should have them in a couple days.
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: HOLD THE PHONE
Replies: 88
Views: 13616

I just ordered 3.

Bless you for this link. Now I just hope it tastes as good as I think it will.
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
According to Mapquest, it'd take me about 17.75 hours to get there. I could leave right at 8 PM Friday, and get there with 15 minutes to spare for meet & greet, maybe a quick trip to the can first.


Well, we'd both be sleepless but happy.
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

SoapyHobo wrote:
solarchem wrote: *mouth watering deliciousness*

Why don't you people live closer to me?
That sounds amazingly good :(


Oh, it's damn good. The WSM is my new best friend. I just got it this summer and am still experimenting with wood types, cuts of meat, rubs, etc.
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1445689

My man plan for this weekend: I have 17 pounds of pork shoulder and 10 pounds of ribs in my fridge. Thursday night: Slather meat in homemade pork rub. Bathe in oil. Repeat with second application of rub and toss in fridge. Friday 8pm: Fire up the smoker. Prepare large amount of charcoal until they t...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cheating
Replies: 113
Views: 10420

And what if a partner does cheat. Not just with porn, but has an actual physical relationship with someone. What, if any, are the conditions for a continued partnership?
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55466

Metric is more obvious in its nomenclature, but ultimately both systems are nothing more than labels and one set isn't inherently better than another. It's easier to learn and it's better standardised. Does that not make it better? I agree that it is quite probably easier. The apprentice behind the...
by solarchem
Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you buy an xkcd coffee table book?
Replies: 41
Views: 4493

Can't say as I really need any more coffee table books. I have a couple, and no one ever looks at them. Mostly my kids use them as coasters.

Now, some blown up versions. Maybe framed in limited editions and signed by Randall that I could hang on a wall. That I would buy.

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